The Banana Artwork Has Been Eaten By a Performing Artist

Maurizio Cattelan's "Comedian" presented by Perrotin Gallery and on view at Art Basel Miami. Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images

The infamous banana art, which was sold for $120,000 last week and has been named “a symbol of global trade” has been eaten. The banana, which was duct-taped to a wall was called “Comedian,” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, and it was shown at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami. So how did the banana finally meet its demise?

Performance artists David Datuna ate it because, well he was hungry. Just earlier this week, gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin said that “Maurizio’s work is not just about objects, but about how objects move through the world,” which couldn’t have held closer to the truth.

The buyer can’t be too upset because the banana was going to rot at some point and the artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity in which the owners can replace the banana.

Lucien Terras, a director at the gallery, told the Miami Herald that “[Datuna] did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea.” The banana was replaced with a new one just moments after Datuna ate it.

Cattelan, who’s known for his comic pieces including an 18-carat gold toilet and duct-taping Italian gallerist Massimo De Carlo to a wall at his gallery, bought the banana at a local market.